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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by d of the wes, Mar 6, 2010.
No biased opinions please, im asking for a comparison in sound and quality
Do you have the opportunity to play both? The real answer is the one that speaks to you.
Try 'em both if you can.
I know, not normally an option, but if you can try the 4003 with an option to return it might be worth the extra effort.
There is stock in hand at some dealers. depending on the finish you're interested in.
I'm extremely happy with my brand new 4003 (3rd week of 2010), I had high expectations and these have been surpassed, but then I'm a long time Rick owner and know what to expect, with vintage ones at any rate. Never played a Spector, there are none in my area that I'm aware of.
It's a very personal choice and no one else can make it for you, though.
Those 2 basses are very different.
What kind of music do you play? What kind of technique u mostly use? In general, what do you want the bass for?
i usually play metal- the only exeptions being rush and yes and i play with my fingers-
Either way youre good, from my person experience I think the spector will fit your needs a little better. Rics are amazing basses, but I think in the long run the spector will work more. Its much more versatile in todays music scene
I've played both, and the Spector is definitely the superior instrument.
For metal and fingerstyle i think that the spector would suit you much better.
The spector is also a much more versatile instrument than the ric imo.
There's no such thing as an unbiased opinion about Rickenbackers.
I've got 100s of hours on each. I have decided to steer away from these maple bodied basses, because they are too dark for my music. The Spector is the natural choice for metal. The Ric would work and surprise more people. Make sure to consider comfort. The Spector body shape is way more comfortable and less delicate, due to it's small body shape and contours.
Let's not act like a Ric is a one-trick pony that can only play one thing.
Obligatory Youtube vids
Iron Maiden's - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Cherry Poppin Daddies - Master and Slave
The Police - Spirits In The Material World
Motley Crue - Looks That Kill
This is a varied selection with some metal thrown in. If you want to see more, this guy had done a lot of tunes.
While you may not can avoid the Rickenbacker "sound", it's not like you can't play metal or any style of music with one. You most certainly can as these videos show.
With that said, get the one you feel most comfortable with. If you like the Spector, get it. Don't let anyone tell you that you're wrong.
Personally, I've played the Spector for a short time through a bad amp so I'd rather not comment since that will cloud my judgement, I'm sure.
Also, R.I.P. LRRG zodiakironfist.
The only thing that a Ric can't do well IMO is Funky jazzy Jaco type stuff. It can, and will excel, at just about everything else. Ergonomics and feel are what you really want to pay attention to here.
Honestly though you need to play both of these to decide. Ric's are notorious for being love/hate for a lot of people and I recommend people play them before shelling out the cash for one.
+1 for Spector.
I have owned both of them. If you want a clanky, growly stringy sound (like I am) you should probably go with the Spector.
Good points, but a Rick can do funky jazz, as evidenced by missgingerlee:
I know, not specifically what the OP asked about, but it does showcase the versatility of these basses, granted a 4002 is a far cry from a 4003 in terms of rarity.
didn't nikki actually use a spector on the original recording of that album though? personally I never heard a ric until your vids and really I didn't like the tone on that guys bass at all LOL.
Everyone, i have a samash near me that sells both, i went up there, and in general, i like the sound of the rick more, dont get me wrong i loved the spector, but i think itd be better cuz my last bass was active A.K.A the musicman stingray 5, i also could get good tones out of a crappy amp
and also the type of bass tone i like most is in Sludge Factory by Alice in chains, can someone please tell mewhich bass will give me that tone
you need to pick a store that has both with a good return policy and play both in your band.
other than that, I stay away from painted necks, which most rics and spectors have.
+100 for the Spector.
Dan Brigg the bassist for Between The Buried And Me uses a Spector and man he makes it sing.
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